Cheesy garlic herb butter pull apart bread is the perfect easy appetizer! This easy cheesy bread appetizer is perfect for any size gathering.
Cheese, garlic, herbs, bread - what else could you possibly want in a delicious appetizer?
This appetizer is so incredibly easy. You'll start by cutting a crusty loaf of bread in 1 inch squares. I recommend using a sourdough or Italian loaf, but any type of bread will do.
You want to cut ¾ of the way down the bread, not all the way through it. Then, you'll stuff with herbed garlic buttery sauce and cheese.
This finished result is like a cross between a pizza dough cheese bread and a garlic knot. I love that each bite is filled with crispy, cheesy garlic butter goodness!
This is a great appetizer for any size gathering, it'll always be a hit!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This delicious side dish is SO good. With the crispy edges of the bread to the soft, cheesy, middle, each bite is delicious.
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a small bowl and a cookie sheet to make this recipe!
Easy - This dish is just a few steps and is so easy to make. It's sure to become a family favorite in your house!
Here are the simple ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Fresh Bread - I love using crusty sourdough bread, French bread, or fresh Italian bread
- Melted Butter - Unsalted
- Garlic cloves - Minced. You could also use garlic powder
- Fresh Parsley
- Fresh Thyme
- Fresh Rosemary
- Shredded Mozzarella
Let's make this cheesy garlic bread recipe together!
Preheat oven to 350°F
Cut bread in 1 in diagonal rows, then repeat on the other side of the bread. Do not cut all the way through the bread - you want to cut about ¾ through the top.
Combine melted butter, garlic, parsley, rosemary, and thyme in a large bowl. Stir well. Place bread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle garlic herb butter over the bread, making sure to get the butter mixture into the cuts of the bread.
Stuff the bread with mozzarella cheese.
Cover bread in foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then, open the foil and let the cook another 5 minutes, until golden brown and the bread has a crispy crust. Let bread slightly cook and serve.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this cheesy bread recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Sheet Pan - Use a good quality sheet pan so everything cooks easily!
Mixing Bowl - I love these mixing bowls and use them daily in my kitchen. They are great for tossing salads, mixing ingredients, and even serving!
Serving Platter - Serve this cheesy bread on a large serving tray like this one for a great presentation!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy Italian Cheese Bread recipe.
Seasoning - You can use dried herbs or Italian seasoning in this garlic cheese bread recipe
Cheese Substitution - You can substitute the mozzarella cheese with Colby jack cheese or Romano cheeses. You could even top with pecorino Romano, parmesan cheese, or your favorite cheese! Any cheese that melts easily with give the gooey melted cheese result that you're looking for.
Dip - Dip the finished delicious bread into marinara sauce, meat sauce, or olive oil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Italian cheese bread is made of bread, mozzarella, garlic, and herbs.
Cut ¾ of the way down the bread, not all the way through it. Stuff with melted butter, mozzarella cheese, herbs, and garlic. Bake until the cheese is melted and enjoy!
What to Serve With
Here are some main course ideas on what to serve this recipe with!
- Spinach Stuffed Salmon
- Chicken Limone
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Sheet Pan Salmon
- Pistachio Crusted Salmon
- Oven Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
- Lemon Pepper Shrimp
- Seared Filet Medallions
- Panko Crusted Cod
- Caprese Pasta Salad
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezing Instructions: We do not recommend freezing this recipe.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in the oven until warmed.
Other Recipes to Try
Italian Cheese Bread
- 1 loaf crusty bread about 1.5 lbs
- ½ cup melted unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Cut bread in 1 in diagonal rows, then repeat on the other side of the bread. Do not cut all the way through the bread - you want to cut about ¾ through the top.
- Combine melted butter, garlic, parsley, rosemary, and thyme in a small bowl. Stir well. Place bread on a lined baking tray. Drizzle garlic herb butter over the bread, making sure to get the butter mixture into the cuts of the bread.
- Stuff the bread with mozzarella cheese.
- Cover bread in foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then, open the foil and let the cook another 5 minutes. Let bread slightly cook and serve.